Scrub fires keep firefighters busy


Scrub fires are continuing to keep Western Bay firefighters busy.


Waihi Beach and Athenree volunteer fire brigades were called to a scrub fire on Hillview Rd, Waihi Beach about 5.30pm yesterday.


Athenree fire chief Peter Harwood said his crew assisted in dealing with the fire which appeared to be caused by kids shooting old fire works around the area.


"It got into some scrub at the back of the house," he said.


Mr Harwood said an ex-firefighter was in a motor home nearby and used a hose to put most of the fire out before the fire service arrived.


He said the recent fine weather allowed fires to take hold quickly.


"It's really quite dry. I hope it's not a promise of things to come but it might be if we're going to have a dry summer. We're battening down the hatches ready for summer."


Greerton firefighters also dealt with a srub fire early this morning.


A spokesperson said the brigade was called to a patch of scrub and gorse that had caught fire on Osprey Drive, Welcome Bay about 3.20am.


He said the crew was on the scene for about an hour althought the fire was quickly put out.


He was unsure how the fire had started.

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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